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Women Who Run with the Wolves Episode 6

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Women Who Run with the Wolves Episode 6
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The six women discuss feedback they’ve received from episode one through five based on their discussions of “Women Who Run with the Wolves” by Clarissa Pinkola Estés. They also call themselves out on times they were insensitive and speak about their privilege.  Between laughing at their own mothers’ responses to the podcast, debating suggestions of the male version of “Women Who Run with the Wolves”, diving deep into the self help industry and trying to answer whether we need to fix ourselves, they are honest about their views and their lives. They ultimately discover how important storytelling is in all environments. 

Discussion Points:

  • Kim reflecting on the group’s Coyote Dick conversation and possible insensitivity/the importance of coyote as the trickster in indigenous cultures in storytelling
  • Storytelling as a valid form of education
  • Acknowledging the group’s privilege in regards to discussion of the Ugly Duckling - not everyone can pick their group
  • The book interrupted members’ mothers’ and mother-in-laws’ support and feedback
  • Meredith’s Down The Rabbit Hole blog every Sunday and responses to it
  • Lindsay’s feedback about episode three and not being a mom in a group of mothers
  • Suggestions of male versions of Women Who Run with the Wolves and discussion on whether it fits: “The Way of the Superior Man: A Spiritual Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Women, Work, and Sexual Desire” by David Deida; “I Don't Want to Talk About It: Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression” by Terrence Real; “The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom” by Miguel Ruiz
  • How Kim should write Coles Notes of spiritual self-help books that annoy her
  • Response to a fan feedback of “the topic is basically like fixing yourself which implies that you are broken” 
  • The self help industry - do you need to fix yourself or not? Is ignorance bliss?
  • Is the podcast and club only for women? Is Women Who Run with the Wolves only for women?
  • Other feedback
  • Kara’s boss’ way she applies storytelling (and particularly “Women Who Run with the Wolves”) in a corporate environment


Resources:

Book Interrupted Website 

Book Interrupted YouTube Channel

Women Who Run with the Wolves

Down the Rabbit Hole blog

The Way of the Superior Man: A Spiritual Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Women, Work, and Sexual Desire by David Deida

I Don't Want to Talk About It: Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression by Terrence Real

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Miguel Ruiz

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle

Johann Hari


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